Day in history for April 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Hon. H.M. Mead, judge of the 10th judicial district circuit, will preside at the coming session of the circuit court for this county commencing on Monday next. We perceive that by the press in his circuit, as elsewhere, he is spoken of as a prompt, learned and impartial judge.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The two lodges of the Odd Fellows in Rock Island celebrated the anniversary of the order's establishment. Henry Burgower was chairman and David Hawes and Oliver Olson were the speakers.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A.D. Sperry was awarded a gold watch fob for winning the finals in a shooting contest with Phil Mitchell, James Darnell and B.D. Connelly at the Elm Street range.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Completion of the negotiations with the McCabe estate to build an addition to the Como Hotel, Rock Island, and remodel a portion of the present building as the location for a large cafeteria, was announced by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Johnson, who will operate the new place of business.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Ira E. Albrecht of the Albrecht Insurance Agency, 307 Union Arcade, Davenport, has been appointed treasurer of the 1953 Scott County Cancer crusade.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dave Hoover, East Moline, and Larry Thornburg, Moline, received Outstanding Member Awards for their contributions to the Student Representative Assembly at the Quad-Cities Campus of Black Hawk College.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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